The Labour Party (LP) has called for the arrest and prosecution of Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu- Ojo, the daughter of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for allegedly pressuring traders to support the candidature of her father.
The call, the party said, followed a viral video allegedly showing shops of traders who failed to attend the women’s rally in support of Tinubu’s ambition being shut down, noting that the affected traders complained that they were been forced to pay N5,000 as fine.
This was just as the party called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Delta State over alleged attacks on its members by loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The party has also in a related development, raised the alarm over an alleged abduction of its Ebonyi South Senatorial candidate, Linus Okorie, last night by men suspected to be persons of the south-east vigilante outfit, Ebubeagu.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Arabambi Abayomi Oluwafemi, the LP said the developments negated the tenets of democracy, stressing that every Nigerian was entitled to associate with any political party of his or her choice.
Arabambi, who cited the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees freedom of association, wondered when it has become an offence for citizens to make personal political decision.
He explained: “Section 40 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, provides as follows: “Every person shall be entitled to assembly freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the protection of his interests.
“The urgent call become necessary going by the recurring attacks on members of LP and their offices in Lagos.”
He recalled the attack on the LP offices in Ajegunle and other areas in Lagos. This he listed to include but not limited to the assault on members of the party in the Oshodi area of Lagos.
According to him, the State Police Command has refused to act on calls to create an enabling environment for all politicians in Lagos irrespective of their party’s affiliation. Thisdays report
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